Welcome back to the end of the first year of The Terrifics! Twelve issues! I never really doubted that it’d hit a full twelve issues, but it’s fantastic that it has in spite of the unfortunate shortcomings of the New Age of Heroes line. Jeff Lemire delivers a fantastic issue with even more multiversal shenanigans and character-driven moments, two things that Lemire excels in. Viktor Bogdanovic returns again for some brilliant artwork that shows off some fantastic emotions.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
The Terrifics disband, but they’re going to need to get back together if they’re going to save Mr. Terrific from Doc Dread’s new team, the Dreadfuls! Plus, Rex Mason takes a huge plunge, Phantom Girl bolts Bgztl and Plastic Man stretches out the family drama with his son Luke, who’s struggling with his own super-elastic powers. Will our heroes reunite in time to save Mr. Terrific–from an evil version of themselves?!
Tell me about it!
I think the coolest thing in the issue is the three different Dreadfuls that make up Doctor Dread’s team. First, you have Metalmorpho who comes from Earth-44, a world where the heroes are all created by Doctor Will Tornado, who is a mix of the Metal Men and Will Magnus as well as Red Tornado and his creator T.O Morrow. Second up is Phantom Boy from Earth-13, a world where Superman is the demon Etrigan and the rest of the Justice League are also supernatural beings. The final member is Plasma-Man of Earth-43, a world where all of the heroes are vampires of the night with the Blood League as the biggest…heroes? Villains? Vampires! It’s a good dive into the multiverse into some of the worlds that haven’t been touched at all, or in 43’s case, not since the Elseworlds story it originated from, and applies that twist to the members of the Terrifics to create the Frightful Four to their own Fantastic Four.
The art throughout the issue by Bogdanovic is really well done, like with all his artwork. He shows the emotions on characters’ faces really well and motion too, with some great panelling choices. The highlight of this is Plastic Man’s time with his son, Luke. The way that their basketball game is shown is done incredibly well and concludes with a shot of Plas and Luke taking the Batmobile for a joyride, in which Luke almost looks exactly like Damian did during Metal when Damian drove the Batmobile in issue two. The similarity between Luke and Damian is my only real complaint about the art in the issue, but isn’t too much of a gripe either.